Funeral service to be held for Khwezi today

Fezekile Kuzwayo passed away from an unknown illness last week at the age of 41.

Four female EFF members holding placards in front of the stage as President Jacob Zuma delivers his address at the IEC national results centre in Pretoria. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A private funeral service for the woman known as Khwezi, Fezekile Kuzwayo, will be held in her hometown, Durban, this morning.

Kuzwayo passed away from an unknown illness last week at the age of 41.

She accused President Jacob Zuma of rape in 2005, however, Zuma was acquitted of the charge the following year.

Activists held a memorial service for Kuzwayo in the Johannesburg central business district on Friday.

Feminist groups and activists say Kuzwayo has inspired many victims of gender based violence to speak out.

Human rights activist Yvette Raphael says Kuzwayo's work must be kept alive.

"She wanted to be remembered as a fighter. She wanted for us to plan and think about the future, on how we will move forward with issues that affect women."

Nonhlanhla Skhosana from Sonke Gender Justice says South Africa has long way to go in ensuring that women are safe.

"Women don't feel safe in their own spaces, homes, schools and every area where they would like to enjoy their rights."